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One-stop-shop on bioterrorism at HHS may be split up

June 21, 2002 So far, the government's efforts to combat bioterrorism seem to have largely escaped the problems of overlapping jurisdictions that have plagued other counter-terrorism functions. Perhaps that's because bioterrorism is essentially the responsibility of one agency: the Department of Health and Human Services. After some initial missteps in dealing with anthrax, ...

The Earlybird: Today's headlines

August 2, 2001 Patients' rights deal, ANWR drilling approval, military closures, population prediction, Florida poll, Carnahan challenger, Feinstein rebuke, Levy tip: President Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., reached a deal on patients' rights legislation Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports. But allies of Norwood from both parties "said late Wednesday that they ...

The Earlybird: Today's Headlines

July 31, 2001 Treasury troubles, election reform, Norwood deal, Canadian medical marijuana, Cheney's Jersey stump, Smith's disappointment, Clinton's celebration: The Treasury Department said Monday that because of the economic slowdown and the rebate checks for President Bush's tax cut, the United States will have to borrow "$51 billion by September, an about-face from ...

The Earlybird: Today's Headlines

July 30, 2001 Bush team energy push, Powell's China charm, Hastert on stem cells, patients' rights talks, Code Red presser, Davis' cash, Reno's decision, Reform's new platform, Clinton's big day: As part of an effort this week to lobby for his energy plan, President Bush today will "sign an executive order designed to ...

Commentary: Pentagon asks too much of too few

October 16, 2000 For Republican Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, military readiness is no longer simply a Washington political debate about money, spare parts, and increased demands on troops. In recent months, the issue for him took on a more human dimension as he investigated why 12 young airmen died in a ...

House conservatives lose spending battles

October 16, 2000 House conservatives have become the Buffalo Bills of Congress. Like the NFL team in the early 1990s, members of the House Conservative Action Team frequently win in the regular season during initial debate on the annual appropriations measures. But like the Bills, when it comes to the Super Bowl--the end-of-session ...

National Security Agency retools its image

October 10, 2000 Here's a happy oxymoron made possible by the West's victory in the Cold War: Family Day at the supersecret National Security Agency. The great day came on Saturday, Sept. 23, after weeks of preparation, during which the [number classified] NSA employees removed all [classified] material from view, filed away documents ...

Election outcome won't affect Pentagon budget

October 2, 2000 If Cuba Gooding Jr. of the movie "Jerry Maguire" was working in the Pentagon, he'd be pretty happy regardless of who wins this November. Under his bottom-line criterion of "show me the money," Bush and Gore both come out pretty even, and congressional support for more defense spending remains strong. ...

Time for 'a different tone,' Bush says

July 31, 2000 This week, Texas Governor George W. Bush heads to Philadelphia to receive the Republican party's presidential nomination. During one of his last campaign swings before the Republican National Convention, Bush talked with National Journal staff correspondent James A. Barnes between bites of airline food. The following are edited excerpts of ...

OSHA runs into repetitive problem in House

June 20, 2000 The issue of ergonomics has confronted the House so many times that it is causing members repetitive stress. It might also be affecting their memories. For years, Republicans and their business allies have questioned whether there is sufficient scientific evidence to support the enactment of federal requirements for how employers ...